September 29, 2012

Why Issue 52 is the last one!

Hello Everyone!

Well it has arrived!  Issue number 52 was released!  What a ride the last year has been!  To put this year in perspective - here are some stats for you.

Career Development Connections has:

  • posted 688 Job Postings  on the website and in the weekly newsletter
  • an average of 13 new job openings a week were posted- some weeks had as many as 30 new job postings!
  • an average of 9 different employers received exposure to their jobs each week   
  • a variety of educational providers were able to market their learning opportunities  
  • 52 Newsletters were sent to over 500 people per week
  • unprecedented open and click rates on the newsletter were achieved

When I started Career Development Connections, I wrote a blog post "The Why Behind Career Development Connections". This post gives you some insight into the history of this service. 

Basically, when I started Career Development Connections, it was because I saw that the industry needed support and I wanted to help.  This time last year the industry was in chaos and the need was clear - the people working in the industry needed somewhere to turn to help them see where the work was going to be.  It is hard to serve clients and do your own job search at the same time!  At the same time, I always believed this service would only be relevant for a year or so because the industry would naturally sort itself out.  That year is up and the industry is starting to right itself and while the jobs available are still sorting themselves out, the contracts are awarded and who is providing service in each community is clear.  As a result, the need for Career Development Connections is lessening and unfortunately, the costs, both personally and professionally, to continue the services are rising.  What a lot of people don't know is that I have dedicated over 300 hours of my personal time, usually on my Sunday afternoons, to updating the website and publishing the newsletter for the last year.  While this has been a labour of love, it has also taken a toll.

So, after much soul searching and business planning, I have decided to wind down the services of Career Development Connections.  I will be updating the website only when jobs are shared with me until December 31, 2012.  The newsletter will be published sporadically over the next few months until I wrap everything up by the end of the year.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone who has expressed their appreciation for this service.  Whenever I have felt like I wasn't sure if there was a point to all of this, I would get an email from someone saying "Thank You" and that would make all the difference.  This decision to stop doing what I know is appreciated by so many is not easy, and I hope everyone understands!

I look forward to staying in touch with you.  I am continuing my consulting company, Engaged HR, and I look forward to serving the industry through that company in the months and years to come as it continues to grow.  Many of you are also subscribers to my Engaged HR newsletter and I intend to publish that newsletter a lot more often!

Thanks to all of you for subscribing and best wishes to you all!

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